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Montana tribal nations meet for a permanent flag raising

Posted at 8:36 AM, Oct 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-15 10:36:51-04

HELENA — Members of the eight tribal nations in Montana met in front of the State Capitol for a permanent flag-raising on Wednesday afternoon.

Flags from all eight tribal nations were raised on the newly constructed Tribal Flag Plaza in Helena.

The plaza was approved with strong bipartisan support from the 2019 Montana State Legislature with the passage of HB 524.

One member of the Blackfeet Tribe is proud to share the moment with his son.

“It's very hopeful for my son who sang with me today," Patrick Armstrong said. "To actually have him bear witness to something like this and to be involved with it, you know, it takes his mind off things, but it also pushes him to tomorrow, to a better future."

Gov. Steve Bullock and Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney spent the day meeting all eight tribal nations individually for a brief ‘thank you’ of government-to-government relations.